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For most of the 14th century the papacy was situated in Avignon in the south of France. The Avignonese  popes were great patrons of the arts, especially music, where the liturgy for the mass and divine offices were influenced to a great extent by the practices of the ars nova.  On Friday's Distant Mirror the Ensemble Venance Fortunat and La Schola of the university of Tours perform music from the popes' palace at Avignonese from the CD Altera Roma.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.  

Picture Perfect: March 23 - Medieval Times

Mar 23, 2018

For Early Music month, it’s a tapestry of music from movies set in the Middle Ages, including “Becket” (Laurence Rosenthal), “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (Alfred Newman), “The Warlord” (Jerome Moross), and “The Lion in Winter” (John Barry).  Barry’s score, an intriguing blend of old and new, won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1968.  There’s nothing middling about this music.  Join Ross Amico for an hour of intrigue and funny haircuts, this Friday at 6 pm. 

This weekend, many people will be celebrating Palm Sunday, and The Dress Circle will join in the celebration with an all-star production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber / Tim Rice musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” (3/25  7:00 p.m.)  Beginning as a concept album in 1970, the first authorized concert version of the material was seen in Pittsburgh, PA in July of 1971 with the world premier staged presentation arriving on Broadway in October of 1971.  It would have its West End Premiere in 1972.  

Between the Keys March 20th/Delving into Debussy

Mar 20, 2018

To mark the centenary of Claude Debussy's death, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler will be presenting several episodes on Between the Keys this spring devoted to the innovative composer's piano music.

Sunday evening, 3/18 on Half Past we'll hear orchestral music by Witold Lutoslawski , Tristan Keuris and Boris Tishenko along with "Murder in the Dark" for harpsichord by Klaas De Vries.  Music from the past half-century, Sundays at 11 PM. 

In honor of Early Music Month, the focus will be on three works by 20th and 21st century composers who found inspiration in music of the Renaissance.  Join Ross Amico for William Kraft’s “Vintage Renaissance,” written for the Boston Pops, George Frederick McKay’s “Suite on Sixteenth Century Hymn Tunes,” after works of Louis Bourgeois, and Lukas Foss’ “Renaissance Concerto” for flute and orchestra.  American composers cast an affectionate look back, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Pauline Viardot (1821-1910) ran a salon in Paris for decades with the original score of Don Giovanni on display, and Rossini genuflected to it. Tchaikovsky was another of the many notables who attended the salon. She was a close friend of Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ivan Turgenev. Her parents and siblings were also known and notable musicians, and she herself was a singer, a pianist, a teacher and composer. 

Host Gabriel Crouch presents some of the choral treasures of 17th century Italy by Carlo Gesualdo on Sounds Choral this Sunday (3/18) at 2 pm.

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